Winter bike checks

At any time of the year your bike should be in optimum working condition .
But even more so when the winter conditions put more wear on components and the rider requires performance from tyres and brakes. Many riders store their good bike for the winter and buy a cheap winter bike.“Cycling in the snow and ice is hard on your bike”

Winter Bike Checks

Winterizing 
By preparing frame and components.

Cleaning 
Give your bike a good wash before winter sets in
  • Cycle Tech UK does not recommend using a pressure washer to clean your bike or washing up liquid as it contains salt that is corrosive and abrasive. The pressure washer will force water into areas of the bike that it wouldn’t normally find it’s way into eg: cable housing, frame structure, hubs, bottom bracket, headset, washing out all the vital oils and greases. You should use a bike wash like MUC-OFF which can be sprayed on the bike and mixed with hot water in a bucket, and using a brush to wash of mud and dirt. Degreaser may be used on chain and sprockets with a small brush. Use clean water in a watering can to rinse off, all parts should be dried off before lubricating. Note: Should take care with disc brakes, to avoid oils & grease on disc & pads as this will contaminate the pads and course loss of braking. These parts can be cleaned with specific disc brake cleaners.
  • Give your bike’s frame and moving parts a blast of aerosol lube. Products like Brunox Turbo Spray are great for loosening rusted, stuck, or stiff metal parts but are not ideal as a lubricant for bike chains, wheel hubs, bottom bracket and headsets. DO NOT SPRAY BRAKE BLOCKS/DISCS AND WHEEL RIMS.

Tyres
By checking your tyres for were or splits will reduce your chances of flats! Running your tyres at the correct pressure will not only improve handling, but will also increase the life of the tyre and reduce punchers.

  • Over time tyres will start to wear out and need to be replaced. Remove the tyres from the wheels and do a thorough check for excessive wear, cuts, and embedded objects like flints and glass.
  • Fit only the correct tyres and size for your bike and the type of riding you are doing
  • Inflate to the correct pressure (Front & rear maybe different) and check every month or before a big ride. A little less air will also improve the tyre’s ability to absorb vibrations from riding over rough roads, so you get more comfort too.

Wheels

Some riders have a set of winter wheels they use to save the expensive wheels.
  • Clean and grease hubs, this is also a good time to check bearings and hub for wear
  • Clean and check rim for wear
  • And wheel runs freely between the brake blocks

Brakes

  • Make sure brake pads have plenty of wear and rim brakes are properly aligned to wheel rim.
  • Check brake wires for fraying and outer cables for splits.
  • Any rain water that can enter the cables can freeze in the winter and brakes will not operate. By placing a drop of oil (Wet lube) or grease on the ends of the brake wire where it enters the outer cable will stop water entering.
  • Cable adjustment is correctly adjusted,

Drive Chain

The drive chain can wear much quicker with the grit and grim that is thrown at it.
  • For a longer life of your chain, don’t use de-greaser. Instead use a good quality lubricant, such as Shimano’s PTFE. This needs to be applied by shaking the bottle and applied to the chain along the inside of the rollers while pedaling backwards and then allowed to dry.
  • To clean simply wipe off excess with a rag or for dirty chains spray Brunox Turbo Spray on a rag and wipe the chain then re-lubricate the chain.
  • Expect your chain to take a beating over the winter and be prepared to replace it after the winter season.
Mudguards
Not only to save yourself from dirt, but to protect your bike
  •  By Fitting good quality mudguards to your bike.
  • Close fitting mudguards can clog up with slush, ice, and snow and impede your progress. Depending on your bike, mudguards that clip on the down tube and seatpost provide good protection and plenty of clearance.
Lights
Be seen
  • Short days and falling snow or rain can drastically limit a driver’s visibility. Use a powerful, highly visible front light or flashing white LED and at least two bright red flashing LED rear lights. Most winter riders use two bright red flashing rear lights because batteries can fail in cold conditions.
Lastly don’t forget to protect yourself and make cycling more comfortable
If you are unsure how to look after your bike, or wish to speak to a bicycle Technician for advice please contact your nearest Cycle Technician or book a Winter Service now
To book a Winter Service with Cycle Tech Oldham contact us here

Finding a Good Cycle Mechanic

Good mechanics take their time with customers bikes, they do not rush procedures and they make sure they perform each step carefully. That means they will not be able to a large number of customers

Good mechanics also get good referrals and their diaries fill up quickly

Good Solo mechanics do not over book in jobs during the day as they are not rushing to get to the next customer

Good mechanics take care of your bike

Beyond good mechanics are great mechanics, yet even they can make mistakes, they are human and bicycle mechanics is an art where it may take several visits to perform certain procedures

Good mechanics will keep the customer informed and make any recommendations

Good mechanics will talk customers through any work required, to be able to diagnose any symptoms and authorise any work and parts required

Good mechanics will be qualified to the industry standard, have liability insurance, correct tools and have a stock of quality parts suitable for your bike

Bad Mechanics will often offer comments such as “see how that goes”, “it needs bedding in”, “I think its ok now“, in other words he did not really know, he’s just hoping!

A list of approved Good Bicycle mechanics can be found HERE

Disclaimer, as with any business always call the mechanic direct, check their web site and ask if they are qualified to the industry standard, have they got liability insurance and make sure you feel happy with them working on your bike.

Electric Bike Sales Cycle Tech Oldham

Due to increased popularity and demand Cycle Tech Oldham is now stocking a range of Raleigh Electric Bikes at our Shop on Ripponden Road in Oldham, Lancashire.

We can supply any E- Bike from the Raleigh Range (click here to see the full range) but if you want to look and touch or try one why not call into our shop and see the real thing or call and arrange a demo ride

Current Demo models:

Raleigh Velo XC-XBar (RRP £1000) Our Price £950.00

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Raleigh Forge Low Step (RRP £1250.00) Our Price £1150.00